Stop the Deportation of College DREAMer, Luisa Argueta, and Her Mom
Brenda and Luisa's Stays of Deportation expire on June 30, 2012 and we only have two weeks left to urge ICE to renew them!
**ICE could arrest or deport Brenda and Luisa on or immediately after June 30, 2012**
• Luisa (age 20) has lived in the United States with her mother Brenda since Luisa was three months old. They are facing imminent deportation away from the rest of their family to a country that Luisa doesn’t know and that Brenda left out of fear for her life. Brenda has two other daughters with her husband Jose, a lawful permanent resident: Ana (age 7) and Daniela (age 6). Jose is the only father Luisa has ever known. The family is about to be torn apart by Brenda and Luisa’s imminent deportation.
• In the late 1980s, Brenda was a teacher in Guatemala and became involved in activism around improved working conditions. When other activists were persecuted by the government and gorilla groups, she felt threatened, and fled with her infant daughter to the United States. Upon entering, she applied for asylum with the US government, and after several years of legal proceedings, her case was finally denied in 2007 because the courts held that she did not have enough evidence of persecution in Guatemala. Since then, Brenda and Luisa have been granted annual Stays of Removal, partially due to the fact that Brenda’s youngest daughter Daniela suffers from an extremely dangerous and rare blood disorder called neutropenia that is now being managed only by the careful care of her family and doctors in the U.S.
• In 1996, Brenda affirmatively filed an application for asylum with the then-INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) for herself and Luisa. Her case was finally denied in 2007, because the courts held that she had not suffered enough harm in Guatemala. Since then, Brenda and Luisa have been granted annual Stays of Removal, partially due to the fact that Brenda’s youngest daughter Daniela suffers from an extremely dangerous and rare blood disorder called neutropenia that is now being managed only by the careful care of her family and doctors in the U.S.
• In January of 2011, Brenda and Luisa re-applied for their Stays but were granted only six months more. . They were informed that they would be deported to Guatemala in September 2011. With a great deal of hard work and publicity (including help from Change.org), Brenda and Luisa got their Stays extended for an additional nine month period so that Luisa could finish off the 2011-2012 school year. (These petitions can and do make a difference!)
• Luisa just finished her Spring semester at Diablo Valley College (in California) and is enrolled in summer courses. She has decided to pursue a degree in History, and hopes to transfer to a 4-year university after the next academic year. This year she was honored with the Puente Project Continuing Scholarship for her high academic achievement. She hopes to one day teach history as a professor herself. She hasn’t lived in Guatemala since she was born.
• Brenda was recently hospitalized overnight for severe anemia and had to have a blood transfusion. The doctors have told her that her iron levels were so low that if she had gone any longer without help, she could have suffered from a stroke or heart attack. Brenda is set to have surgery meant to prevent future anemic episodes on July 17, 2012. If her stay expires and she is deported, she will miss the surgery and will not be able to get the care she needs in Guatemala.
• Their deportation will affect more than just their own lives. Brenda’s husband Jose Rubio is unable to work and support their family without the help of his wife and eldest daughter. He runs his own business (where Brenda and Luisa are both employed) and Brenda is the primary caregiver for the couple’s two younger daughters, ages 8 and 7, the younger of whom battles a rare blood disorder called neutropenia. Both of the younger daughters are currently in school and doing well. Tearing their family apart will threaten their well-being and their academic future.
• With Brenda's upcoming surgery, Luisa's ongoing enrollment in college, and their critical roles in their family, they must remain in the United States for the sake of their well-being and that of their family. Luisa cannot afford to interrupt her schooling, and she shouldn’t have to. She is set to transfer to a 4-year college after the next academic year and is thriving in her current situation despite the stress of threatened deportation. Brenda relies on her husband’s health insurance to cover her costly but life-saving medical treatments. If deported to Guatemala, she would find herself without insurance in a country unequipped to treat her illness, and face an uncertain and dangerous future.
Senator Feinstein can help prevent the family’s deportation by supporting a Stay renewal for the mother and daughter, or sponsoring a Private Bill on their behalf. A private bill would allow them to stay in the United States with the rest of their family and eventually become permanent residents. Having exhausted all other legal options, this is their last chance to avoid deportation. Senator Feinstein is considering our request right now.
• Please sign this petition and call Senator Feinstein and urge her to support a Stay renewal or Private Bill on behalf of Brenda and Luisa. This family represents exactly the type of mixed family of United States citizens and foreign nationals that any comprehensive immigration reform bill would seek to benefit. Congress’s inaction has left them, and families like theirs, in legal limbo, with lives at stake. Luisa is an ideal candidate for the DREAM Act, a legislative effort that could provide a pathway to legal status for those who enter the United States as an infant and graduate from high school in the United States. Brenda and Luisa deserve to stay with their family in the United States, the only home they know.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1) Sign this petition and show your support
2) LIKE our FACEBOOK PAGE (pasted below)
3) Call Senator Feinstein and ask her to support the tay renewal request and sponsor a Private Bill on the family's behalf.
Call in Script:
“I am calling on behalf of Luisa Argueta (A074-800-131) and Brenda Gutierrez-Samayoa (A074-800-130), a mother and daughter who are facing deportation to Guatemala in June or early July of this year. Luisa and her mother, Brenda moved to the Bay Area when Luisa was only three months old. They have been active in their community, maintain a family-owned business, consistently attend church, and also take the time to volunteer. Luisa just completed her second year at Diablo Valley College and is hoping to transfer to a four-year university to study History. Brenda dedicates herself to both working at the family business and taking care of her family, especially her seven year old daughter Daniela, who suffers from a serious blood disorder. The reason I am calling is to ask that you do something to stop Luisa and Brenda from being deported. Please support a stay renewal or sponsor a private bill for this well-deserving family.”
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We, the undersigned, humbly write this letter to request your consideration and support of a private bill on behalf of mother and daughter, Brenda Gutierrez Samayoa and Luisa Argueta. Since entering the country, Brenda and Luisa have developed strong ties to family, friends, and their community in the United States. Both mother and daughter have demonstrated good moral character. Their family is productive and self-sufficient, owning a family business and never receiving public benefits. However, due to no fault of their own, they have not been able to obtain legal status to reside in the United States with the rest of their family – Jose, Daniela, and Ana. The family therefore represents exactly the type of mixed family of United States citizens and foreign nationals that any comprehensive immigration reform bill would seek to benefit. Brenda and Luisa deserve to stay with their family in the United States, the only home they know.
Luisa would be a model beneficiary of any DREAM Act legislation. Now 20 years old, she graduated from high school and just finished her second year at Diablo Valley Junior College, with the intention to transfer to a four-year university after next year. She is a full-time student now enrolled in summer courses and is majoring in History. She would like to be a college professor some day.
Luisa was brought to the United States as an infant; she has lived in the United States for 20 years, she graduated from high school in 2010 and is currently attending college to pursue a four-year degree; she has never been involved in any criminal activity; and has demonstrated excellent moral character as evidenced by her strong involvement in church, her efforts to pursue higher education, and the vast amount of support her community members have offered her throughout this process. However, as presently proposed, she will only be able to benefit from the DREAM Act if she is still living in the United States on its date of enactment.
Brenda has a set of medical problems that she is currently having to deal with aside from the emotional stress of imminent deportation. She is scheduled for surgery on July 17, 2012 for a condition resulting in severe anemia, and will only be able to obtain the surgery if she is able to use the health insurance provided by her husband and the medical facilities available near her home in the United States. Brenda must remain in the United States for the hardship to her health and the well-being of her tight-knit family that is completely reliant upon her.
If Brenda and Luisa were forced to return to Guatemala, the family would be torn apart. Jose, Brenda’s Lawful Permanent Resident husband, would lose not only his wife and daughter, but also his partners in caring for their youngest daughters. He is not able to support both his family and business without the help of Brenda and Luisa. Daniela and Ana in turn would lose their mother and elder sister, who protect and care for them every day. Daniela also suffers from a severe blood disorder called neutropenia, and Brenda is the only person in the family trained to care for her. The local community would also lose two upstanding and valuable members, who encourage and lead others by their example.
A support for the Stay renewal, and as a second resort the support of a Private Bill, would permit Brenda and Luisa to live with and continue to support the rest of their family and their community. With their legal remedies exhausted, we appeal for a legislative solution to this potential humanitarian crisis for the family to stop the pending stay expiration on June 30, 2012.
We, the undersigned, urge you to immediately take action to stop the deportation of college DREAMer Luisa and her mother, Brenda. Thank you.
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